My mouth shall tell of Your righteousnessPsalm 71:15
And Your salvation all the day,
For I do not know their limits.
16 I will go in the strength of the Lord God;
I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.
What do you use your mouth the most for?
No really, think about it, what do you use it most for?
Or at least what is the most important thing you use your mouth for?
I love food, so I am embarrassed to say that the first thing that jumps to mind is eating. And for all of you fellow food lovers out there, I don’t think that really the most precious thing we get to do with our mouths…
It’s when I really think about it that I realize that the best thing you can use your mouth for is to speak light, speak life.
And no, it’s not just to speak because not every word that comes out of my mouth should ever leave it.
As children of God, created in His image, and joint-heirs with His Beloved Son, isn’t it smart to go to Him to find out what the most precious thing we could use our mouth for is?
In the book of Genesis, the first thing we are shown that God did was to create, to light and life into being using His mouth. Pastor Prince always jokes about how if we had been God, we would have created more darkness instead of light considering the things that come out of our mouths.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness [a]was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.Genesis 1
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
In this blog post, titled, The Power of Your Words, Pastor Prince talks about how the power of your words can shape your life.
In Proverbs 18, we find out that from the fruit of their mouth, a person is filled and that the power of life and death are in the tongue.
20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth;Proverbs 18
From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
So think about this, if the most awesome thing you can do is to eat, what is the fruit of your mouth? Being full for a few hours and needing to eat again as soon as that food finishes? If it’s smoking may be that high you get or false escape from the stresses of life while leading you towards other possibly more permanent illnesses? Or maybe it’s gossip and you get to feel good about yourself for a few minutes…or maybe a few hours… before you are alone again and have to face your own feelings?
Or maybe you use your mouth for much more awesome things like your job, that job that often can’t tell if you like? Or maybe you do love your job so it’s all good, you use your mouth for good things, but what happens when you get home after work?
Or maybe you use your mouth to pray, which is awesome, talking to God is one of the best things you could ever do. And you get to ask Him for all those things you needs, and even better, get to praise Him and thank you for what He has already done for you. Hallelujah!!!
But when I think about what it takes to be born again, we know that Jesus told us that we need to believe in Him and His finished work on the cross, and Paul went on further to reveal that with the heart, one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.Romans 10 : 9 -10
I have in the past few years learned that we need to confess our righteousness in Christ. This is something that I learned to do through Pastor Prince sermons, one of which is this one:
In the last post on promises for the righteous, I mentioned Psalms 71, where the Psalmist talks about speaking of His righteousness all day long. In one of his sermons, Pastor Prince talked about this chapter and explained that we don’t have to necessarily be saying to other people, but that we can confess our righteousness in the Christ to ourselves and to God throughout the day.
24 My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long;Psalms 71
For they are confounded,
For they are brought to shame
Who seek my hurt.
We know that in Matt 6, the Lord Jesus said that it is more important to seek righteousness and all the other things, what you will eat and what you will wear will be added unto you. So maybe instead of just confessing good and provisions over our lives, we could also confess righteousness in Christ about all else as that is what we are supposed to seek first.
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.Matthew 6
And the more you confess it, the more you are reminded of all the promises given to you as the righteousness of God in Christ. The righteousness of faith speaks, so speak out your righteousness, don’t stop at knowing it and believing in your heart.
In his sermon, Speak Out and Find Strength, Pastor Prince talks about Isaiah 45 where God Himself says that people shall confess that their strength and righteousness is from Him.
23 I have sworn by Myself;Isaiah 45
The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness,
And shall not return,
That to Me every knee shall bow,
Every tongue shall take an oath.
24 He shall say,
[g]‘Surely in the Lord I have righteousness and strength.
To Him men shall come,
And all shall be ashamed
Who are incensed against Him.
So that is why to live the vine life to the fullest capacity, we need to confess His righteousness over our lives. As we confess it, our faith rises and we become more established in His righteousness, where we know His blessing crown our heads and His favor surrounds us as with a shield.
I believe that when we confess our righteousness in Christ daily, we are setting ourselves up for a better future, we are not only speaking into the present, but we are establishing ourselves for our tomorrow. And the more we seek His kingdom and His righteousness, all other things will be added unto us.
And take note, it’s our righteousness in Christ, not our own.
16 I will go in the strength of the Lord God;Psalms 71
I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.
So as we confess it, we become more and more conscious of the Lord Jesus Christ and what He has done for us. We become more conscious of His vine life following in us, and through us.
Here are some devotionals by Pastor Joseph Prince that talk about confessing your righteousness in Christ and how that can change your life:
- Keep confessing your righteousness | Joseph Prince
- Confessing your righteousness pleases God | Joseph Prince
- Everlasting Righteousness | Joseph Prince
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